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Marta Spendowska

Marta Spendowska - International watercolour illustrator. London

Born in Poland and based in Seacoast of New Hampshire, Marta Spendowska never sets out to simply paint a picture. Her aim is to interpret the subject in an interesting way that meets her client’s brief. She works quickly and expressively, creating unique work for fashion, beauty, food, publishers, interior and lifestyle companies, and more.
When Marta arrived in the US for an internship in Atlanta, she sold her first painting on the sidewalk for $20 and soon set herself the goal of becoming a professional illustrator. Today she’s one of the most experienced watercolour artists around, with a distinctive, impactful style and her own range of pillows, scarves, clutches and tops under the Verymarta brand.

Approach

For Marta, the paint does the work, she simply manages it, and she loves how watercolours bleed and blend into both the paper and one another. She’ll often include little touches with pencils, crayons or a brush, adding graphic elements, lines or some rough shapes to round off a composition.

Style

Whether in portraiture or food, or still life, Marta really has a knack for expressing emotions in every piece. Her work is fluid, vibrant and immediate, and engages the imagination of the viewer. Influences include John Singer Sargent, Georgia O’Keeffe, and old Polish masters.

Social Reach

Instagram: 19.5K followers

Client list

Marta’s clients include Oprah Magazine, New York Observer, Urban Outfitters, Bed Bath & Beyond, Better Homes & Gardens, Ahmad Tea, Oreo, Kotex, Bed Bath & Beyond, Diabetic Living, Queen Helene, Floris, Papayrus, Moroccan Oil, Target, Danielle LaPorte and more.
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